A healthier version of an Italian flavored tater tot! These cheesy baked cauliflower bites are delicious served with marinara dipping sauce and make a great appetizer!
The sun has finally reappeared! Last week it felt more like Seattle than Colorado around here. We had constant clouds, rain, and even a big wet snow Saturday night to top it off. Having a big snow like we did isn’t uncommon here in May. Last year it landed on my birthday, so I’m glad it came a few days earlier this year.
I was in panic mode all last week because I couldn’t get enough light to take decent photographs of the food I made to share with you. I would get everything set up and then the clouds would roll in and it would get so dark it looked like nighttime. My fridge was filling up with lots of delicious things I made and we couldn’t even eat them because I needed to get photos first. My husband was less than thrilled about that. Luckily yesterday morning the sun made an appearance and I went on a photographing frenzy and the first thing I photographed were these tasty Baked Parmesan Cauliflower Bites.
Making the cauliflower bites is fairly easy and so much healthier for you than the frozen tater tots you can buy at the store. You’ll need two cups of steamed cauliflower florets to start with. You don’t want them totally soft and mushy, so you’ll only need to steam them for about 4-5 minutes. Put the florets in a food processor and pulse them until they are about the size of rice or couscous. If you don’t have a food processor you can just use a knife and finely chop them. Once the cauliflower is finely chopped put it in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients which are, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, dried basil, oregano, garlic, salt, panko breadcrumbs, and a couple egg whites. Mix everything together then form them into tater tot size looking bites with your hands.
The cauliflower bites are baked on a baking sheet lined with foil and generously sprayed with cooking spray. They tend to want to stick to the foil because of all that melted cheese, so don’t skip this step. Once the bites have baked they come out golden, crispy, and smelling like parmesan, garlic, and basil. They are amazing dipped in marinara sauce! I used this recipe, but any good quality jarred marinara will work just fine. The next time your in the mood for some tots, skip the frozen ones at the store and make these healthier Baked Parmesan Cauliflower Bites instead!